2001 Lexus RX 300 Overview

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2001 Lexus RX 300 Overview

While Lexus had pioneered this once unique crossover between the luxury car and the SUV, they were encountering more competition by the third model year. The Acura MDX and Infinity QX4 provided new options in the car/SUV niche. Originally based on the Japanese market Toyota Harrier, the RX would return to Toyota as the Highlander for 2001 in the United States.

The 2001 RX featured several changes. Most notable was the standard skid control system which regulated braking and engine power to maintain sure-footedness in slick conditions. A larger gas tank, water repellent front glass, and minor styling details rounded out the changes. New options included a navigation system, heated seats, and wood steering wheel and shifter.

Drivers who expected the RX to have the capabilities traditionally associated with SUVs were disappointed, and found the vehicle to be a poor value in that respect. However, those expecting a Lexus were not let down. Drivers reported the RX as powerful, smooth, comfortable, and luxurious. The 3.0 Liter V-6 provides 220 hp and 222 lb.-ft. of torque, but the gas mileage is certainly acceptable at 19/24. Common issues included a tight interior, uncomfortable front seats, and poor steering radius (41.3 ft) and responsiveness.


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300rx No Radio Ac Or Display

THey all blew at once, a second after I started the car. THe shop says the fuses are ok, but the radio and Amp are bad. Could it be just a relay??

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Tina Carfagno

2001 Rx300-- The "vsc" Light On My Dash Is On..

my "vsc" light on my dash is on. what's it mean? what do i do to fix and how much will it cost?

55,626 views with 29 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Tabitha Barlow

How Do I Get The Sensors To Reset?

I drive the 2001 Rx 300 and each time I take it for emissions its rejected due to sensors not resetting. I have driven it the suggested 50 miles and still nothing. I also have the VSC and CEL that c...

12 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
Betsy Price Burleson

My Air Conditioner On My 2001 Rx300 Lexus Is Blowing Hot Air. Compressor Wo...

Full enough but he put a very small amount in and the air conditioner worked great for about a year. It was checked and I was told it was full but he added a very small amount again. Worked great ...

231 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

I Have 2001 Lexus Rx300 And The Vsc And Cel Went On After I Had My Car Wash...

67 views with 11 answers (last answer 3 months ago)